Even from inside the womb, babies love the sound of their mother's voice. Mom need not have a professional singing voice – to baby she is beautiful and in mantra chanting, she is inspired. Not only does mantra chanting give babies the soothing comfort of hearing mom's voice, but it also can uplift the mother herself. In my second pregnancy, I couldn't get enough of Snatam Kaur's version of Jin Prem Kio. I longed to sing it, connecting to an expansive experience of love. As it turned out, that was what happened to be playing as my daughter emerged into this world. I'm so glad that vibration surrounded her upon her entrance. Using mantra in pregnancy and in birth can create a high vibration and a deep, loving peace for mother and baby. What a great way to welcome a soul!
Here are five mantras that will support you and your baby during pregnancy, birth, and beyond!
Adi Shakti: for Strength of the Feminine
The Adi Shakti Mantra invokes the power of the feminine, the creative force. This is a great mantra to use in preparation for birth and throughout pregnancy. It connects to the highest manifestation of the mother.
Sa Ta Na Ma: for Balance and Transformation
This mantra describes the continuous cycle of life and creation. It is used in Kirtan Kriya, which is an excellent meditation for pregnancy and times of change, in general. It helps to balance the hemispheres of the brain, increase intuition, and support us through times of transition.
Ra Ma Da Sa: for Healing and Peace
Ra Ma Da Sa creates a space of healing inside and out. When chanting this mantra, project healing to any situation or person who needs it. Imagine healing blessings surrounding yourself, your baby, and the world.
I am, I am: the Gift of Being
This mantra, in English, is great when you feel scattered or when life is changing so fast that you don't know who you are anymore. It is for presence and for simply being. In that state, no more is needed.
Poota Maata Kee Aasees: the Mother's Blessing
Poota Maata Kee Aasees is a shabad (sacred, devotional song) that is a mother's prayer for her child. It can be repeated for a child's protection and blessing, used as a special prayer on a child's birthday, or even just listened to as uplifting background vibration. Divine Birth by Snatam Kaur includes a lovely version of this shabad, along with other tracks that are specifically for pregnancy and birth. Amrit Bani by Bibi Bhani Kaur is another cd that has this shabad and some of the other mantras previously mentioned.
Mantra chanting uses vibration and sacred sound to connect to the most infinite aspect of being, to open the heart, to quiet the mind, and to elevate the circumstances for both mother and child. Often women will feel a connection to particular mantras or shabads during pregnancy – if something calls to you, use it. For someone going through the tremendous changes of pregnancy and motherhood, mantra is a powerful tool for peace and joy.
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